By: Jacqueline Lee, M.A. Global Affairs and Management, 2010; President of International Development Association
On Friday, September 17, 2010, Thunderbird students gathered at the Thunderbird School of Global Management campus to voice their support for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and to call their leaders to action.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Heads of State and Government, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations met from September 20-22 in New York to discuss the progress of the Millennium Development Goals with a deadline of 2015. In response to this summit Thunderbird for Good, International Development Association, and Microfinance Association hosted a STAND UP event to gather fellow Thunderbirds and take the STAND UP 2010 pledge: to end global poverty and to demand world leaders to commit and take action towards achieving the UN M.D.G.s.
STAND UP 2010 occurs “every year across the globe where events are organized to bring attention to the worldwide crisis that we all face — poverty.” (standagainstpoverty.org). This year from September 17-19 right before world leaders gathered at the UN Summit, citizens across the globe gathered and voiced to their leaders demanding an end to poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“The MDGs offer us a roadmap to end poverty and its root causes. 189 world leaders adopted the MDGs as part of the Millennium Declaration, agreed to at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000.” (Source: standagainstpoverty.org).
At this summit, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the new U.S. Global Development Policy-the first of its kind by an American administration-fulfilling its pledge on MDG 8 which emphasizes Global Partnerships and building coherent and predictable development framework because:
“…the purpose of development-and what’s needed most right now-is
creating the conditions where assistance is no longer needed. So we
will seek partners who want to build their own capacity to provide for
their people. We will seek development that is sustainable.”
-President Barack Obama
September 22, 2010
Delivered at the Millennium Development Goals Summit
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY
Watch T-birds make the pledge on Youtube.
To find out more information about the STAND UP 2010 Campaign please go to: http://endpoverty2015.org/
Photo: The Thunderbird Stand Up 2010 Event Team, left to right: Anali Cardenas (M.S.’10), Jacqueline Lee (M.A.’10), Leah Kumayama (M.A.’10), Megan Webb (M.A.’10), and Brian Brock (MBA’11);